The village of Sooke is a few miles west of Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and there’s a long sand and gravel bar called Whiffen Spit which forms a protective barrier against the open Pacific ocean storms. It’s also a great place for vast quantities of driftwood. A year or two ago, somebody had assembled this pile of old logs into a makeshift house, complete with a sign “Pirate Island”.
Jann and I spent some time inside it one day and we renamed it Flotsam Manor.
Time goes on, and now we see that Flotsam Manor has fallen on ill times, becoming just Flotsam, with no Manor left.
There may be a pun trying to get out of this somehow, just ignore it.
Oh yes, those are the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington State.

Sept. 16, 2010
Fuji S100FS camera


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  • David Davies
    David Daviesover 3 years ago

    If this is flotsam, then where’s the jetsam, I ask you? LOL I remember the logs only too well. When I lived in Nanaimo and went out in my boat, It was always my big fear that I would run into a deadhead. Luckily it never did happen.

    Love the picture. Those must be the Olympics in the background?

  • I think the jetsam is buried under the flotsam! Yes, I still have that worry about deadheads after 21 years of boating out here. Oddly enough, around the southern Gulf Islands there have been very few of them for quite a long time. Back when we came in 1989 they were like matchsticks, everywhere you looked.
    Yes, those are the Olympics. Must put that in the write-up, I forgot!

    – George Cousins

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